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E.D. Films creates the 22nd Sommets du cinéma d'animation poster

March 26th, 2024

We are delighted to reveal their 22nd edition's official poster, created by Daniel Gies, filmmaker, and co-founder of the Montreal studio E.D. Films, behind the highly acclaimed short film Return to Hairy Hill, which premiered at the festival last year. A self-taught artist and animator, Daniel Gies is known in the industry for pushing the boundaries of animation filmmaking techniques.

"Last year, director Daniel Gies of E.D. Films won the Guy-L. Coté Grand Prix for his film Return to Hairy Hill. We invited him to sign the visual for the 2024 Sommets. This luminous visual features a fantastical creature with a plant-like form, gazing warmly and invitingly at the viewer. At its feet, Montreal unfolds from winter to spring, from slumber to sunlight. It's as much a celebration of Montreal as it is of the Sommets," points out our artistic director, Marco de Blois.

Daniel Gies learned everything he knows about animation, art direction and filmmaking through online tutorials and with the support of generous mentors along the way. In his work, Daniel creatively combines hand-craft visual artistry with new digital image-making style to achieve a unique animation look. In 2007, he and Emily Paige co-founded the Montreal animation studio E.D. Films, which focuses on everything to do with animation, from films to VR/XR, games and immersive experiences. The studio has produced several award-winning projects, including the short film Giant Bear (Canadian Screen Awards 2020), as well as immersive experience projects Indigenous Peoples Experience (Numix Award and Thea Award 2022), In Linear Res (MUSE Creative Award 2022), and many more.

The 22nd Sommets du cinéma d’animation will take place from May 6 to 11, 2024.
The festival is produced by the Cinémathèque québécoise.